A Good Rejection

IMG_0341For the past two months, I have been checking my email each day to see if my submission was accepted. Finally, it arrived yesterday with a very polite rejection.

I took a step outside of my comfort zone to submit to a national literary magazine. Although I liked my submission, I had no idea how it would be received.

I see it as a good rejection!

How can a rejection be good? I feel good about the process because it was something I never imagined myself doing. I can now see myself trying again and enjoying the process.

On our walk of faith, we are not promised success in everything we do. We are however, reminded to remain on our walk as we give thanks in all things.

Even good rejections!

Blessings for your day!

In every thing give thank: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

- 1 Thessalonians 5:18

 

Spiritual Round About

IMG_0312I’m not sure why the sign caught my attention yesterday since I have seen it a few hundred times. You know the sign…the one by the circular round about which attempts to provide some direction.

The sign had four arrows going in a counter-clockwise direction. So…if I really followed the directions on the sign, I would simply continue to drive around the round about as if in a slow motion stock car race and at some point, hoping for the winning flag!

I was reminded of times when I seem to be in a spiritual round about and also reminded of people who have shared the same experience. Going in circles. Not getting anywhere. Not making progress.

Just like the real round about, we have choices to make. It really doesn’t make much sense to continue going around and around. In each round about, there are different directions we can go.

My prayer for today is for us to listen for God’s whisper when we are not making progress. God’s direction will be made clear and once again, we can be on our way!

“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.”

- Proverbs 19:21

The Secret

IMG_0461I am so honored and excited to have a poem from Daniel Trosper in my next book! His poem, “You Will Be My Courage” completes my book in such a wonderful way.

While completing the steps before publication, I continue to be drawn to his poem.

“I am the secret no one knows, the 12-1 shot that never shows…..”

How many of us can relate to this? I certainly can and am so encouraged by Dan’s healing and powerful message.

There are times when we feel like no one understands what we are going through. There are times when we feel like we will not finish the race, let alone having a chance to win.

My prayer for this evening is one of encouragement. And of thanks to soon be able to share “You Will Be My Courage” with you.

 

The Write Way

IMG_0341One of the things I realized this week is how much I appreciate you…people who take the time to read and share my writing ministry as we continue to discover and share God’s love and grace.

I also appreciate how this blog keeps me connected with scripture and  a supportive community.

I had some wonderful conversations with close friends this week and some heart-touching talks with God.

It feels good to be back here. I missed you all.

Blessings for a wonderful day.

Winding Walk

DSCF3884This image from the Kissimmee River reminds me of my past week. I usually write more frequently, but felt the need to step away. Thankfully, it was step away and not walk away as I did once before.

This part of the Kissimmee River meanders around in ways where one could easily get lost.

I have struggled recently and in the past week, have felt lost. Today is the first day I seem to be finding my way back.

This afternoon, while preparing an article about my next book, God allowed me to see something wonderful. I was asked to provide a cover photo to accompany the article. No matter how I tried to take the image, there was always an area of “extra” light appearing…light which is not on the cover itself.

I sent the image to the newspaper and hope they can use it. If not, that’s ok because in the process of finding my way back, God, once again, revealed Himself to me. And I hope, through this writing, to  you as well.

The subtitle of Gentle Witnessing is:

Faith

Hope

Love

I chose those words from the following scripture: “And now these three remain; faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

-  1 Corinthians 13:13

As God gives us the opportunity to gently witness to a hurting world, my prayer is for us to remember how God’s love and light will appear. God is with us.

 

 

 

Spiritual Bridge

DSCF3153-1On one of the Alaska reality shows, a father and son discovered their self-made bridge was close to being washed away. The tides had been higher and with a stronger current, the banks on each side were eroding.

Are we taking care of our spiritual bridges?

Prayer is a spiritual bridge I often take for granted. Maybe because I know God will always be there and I leave it up to Him to take care of the maintenance.

A pastor or minister can be a spiritual bridge. Again, I see how I take them for granted because it seems they will always be there. I realize I haven’t thanked my pastors in some time for all they do.

Friends can be a spiritual bridge. We can help one another get over so many challenges providing our bridge is sturdy and cared for.

My prayer for today is to talk with God about our spiritual bridges and identify those which need repair.

We build too many walls and not enough bridges.”

- Isaac Newton

Compassion

DSCF3205As I sat in his office, I prepared myself for “the lecture.”

“How are you?”

“Tell me what happened.”

“I can relate to what you just said.”

“It’s going to be ok.”

“We are going to work on this together.”

I prepared myself for a lecture which was not delivered.

I self delivered and beat myself up with the lecture in advance. Perhaps, you know the format: the why, how and what questions. Why did I make that decision? How could I be so stupid? What was I thinking?

On our walk of faith, we will encounter people in need. Most likely, they know and are prepared for “the lecture.” Imagine their relief if we:

“How are you?”

“Tell me what happened.”

“I can relate to what you just said.”

“It’s going to be ok.”

“We are going to work on this together.”

Once again, I would like you to share a scripture and/or comment that relates to this post. Thank you.